Normally I don't write reviews. But for this book I feel it necessary.
Though I would probably not have bought this book if I had been in a book-store, I did it as an experiment when it was on sale on amazon. I was sceptical at first, even a bit scared to read the book. I have many people around me who are or who were suffering of cancer and I know some really bad cases. I thought it might be too depressing to read the book, as too many memories might arise. But I was utterly wrong. Memories did arise but I did not see them as irritating. Probably it was even good to have these experiences to understand Tessa and the ones around her.
I began reading and I could barely stop. It is not only the style of the author that catches the attention, but also this strong young woman who knows that she will lose everything but has the will to live her life nevertheless. I did not like Tessa at first, found her too depressed, too melancholic and unbelievable rude but when the story developed, she turned out to be a strong girl, showing feelings, suffering of a desease that everyone knows will kill her and fighting with her personal problems in her family as her parents are divorced and she has close to no contact to her mother. I don't want to tell too much about the story as it would be unfair for those who want to read the book but so much can be said, that the book is NOT sad in the common way. It is rather life-affirming and deeply touching.
A great book to read and definitely a book I will recommend to everyone.